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Mark Selby claims win in tight encounter with Jamie Clarke

World number five Mark Selby thumped Jamie Clarke to a 5-2 win in their 2019 World Open Qualifiers clash.

Selby, 36, rattled runs of 80, 79 points on his way to victory only to be pegged back by Jamie Clarke, who pipped the English man to a 127-0 in the third frame.

Three-time World Champion, Selby must have thought himself on the front foot following a dominating display in the first two frames. However, the Welsh Jimmy White showed him just how quickly a game could be turned on its head.

Indeed, Jamie wasn’t done yet. The 25-year-old recovered astonishingly and fought back with every juice left in him. He did get a reward for all his troubles, bouncing back into the game and claiming the fourth frame by a 61-19 win.

At 2-all, the game was far from over. The Jester from Leicester regained his lead and raced to the win by claiming three more frames.

The English man made sure to revenge the 127-0 mauling suffered in the third frame at the hands of his Welsh opponent with a 138-0 of his own in the sixth frame.

In other results, Jimmy White struggled against Anthony Hamilton in what was a hugely competitive match. The latter came out victorious, having bested his opponent in 5 frames.
Anthony Hamilton, currently ranked 61, emerged victorious with a 5-3 win over English man White who was tipped by a lot of punters to run away with a slim victory. The game wasn’t void of drama as expected.

Also, Joe O’Connor succumbed to a 5-3 win by Stuart Carrington. Joe O’Connor raced to a 3-0 win the first three frames only to let Stuart convincingly snatch the victory. Stuart grabbed the win in subsequent frames and even did a 78-0 on a weary O’Connor in the fourth frame.

Perhaps the most impressive win of all is Liam Highfield’s 5-0 win over Andy Lee. This result could leave snooker fans wondering how Andy Lee brought a knife to a gunfight. However, that might not be the case as his left-handed opponent had just too much fire in its belly to let out. An excellent win for Liam Highfield it was.

Written by: Roland Arum

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